Evaluating the Mid-tier Outfield Market for the Royals

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Denard Span
Bats: L / Throws: L
Opening Day Age: 32

Of all the mid-tier outfielders, Span is the most interesting. He played in only 61 games last year, dealing with abdominal and hip injuries. It’s likely he rushed himself back onto the field as injuries decimated most of the Washington Nationals’ lineup for much of the year. When he was on the field, Span was his normal stellar self, hitting .301/.365/.431 with 11 steals. His hip injury did not affect his speed or power. In eight years, Span is a .287/.352/.395 hitter with a good eye. He hardly ever strikes out, never topping 100 strikeouts in a single season.

Span is the perfect candidate for a short-term deal to re-establish his value. He is one of the better leadoff hitters in the league when healthy. Span will not make a ton of splashy headlines, and has somehow never made an All-Star team. If everything heals properly from his hip injury (an injury likely brought on from overcompensation after his abdominal injury), Span is the type of player who fits perfectly at the top of the Royals’ batting order. A team like the Royals can afford to use a non-power hitter like Span in left or right field, something most teams may not find appealing. A one- or two-year deal for Denard Span with the Kansas City Royals could make a lot of sense.

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